I was invited into Doug and Lorraine’s life during the last couple of weeks of Doug’s life. Doug was a baptized child of God’s for whom God had sent His only Son to live, die and rise for.
Although we can never truly plan for our dying, to have the comfort and assurance of our salvation through faith in Jesus Christ can carry us as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. To have heard every week the good news of Christ in the preaching of the Word and to receive the comfort of the body and blood of Christ for our forgiveness is such strength for these times. To be surrounded by the prayers and presence of the members of Christ’s body lifts us to face this final battle and to know that we are not alone.
As a pastor new to Didsbury I had not been able to get to know Doug and Lorraine prior to this crisis. Even so, it was an honor to get to know and to minister to Doug and Lorraine through this difficult time and to share the hope of the resurrection to life everlasting for all who believe in Jesus Christ.
You may not be facing death today as Doug was, but one day you will and I would encourage those who desire the strength and assurance Christ can bring you in the midst of life and death to connect with a pastor and with a congregation. It is within the community of God’s family that you will be blessed with the joy of life and prepare your life for both its end and its eternal beginning with Christ. Here among God’s people you will hear, receive and participate in the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection for all. So come and see what Christ has for you.
20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.Hebrews 13